Top management at Tulip have been dismayed to hear that Norfolk workers and their families are to stage a protest today at 4pm outside the gates of Tulip in Thetford over the proposed closure of the Caxton Way site with loss of 400 jobs while a meeting is held between the company and the Transport and General Workers Union and Amicus
T& G is calling on parent company, Danish Crown, branded Danepak, to apply its "family farms of Denmark " ethos to families in Norfolk, who fear they face an uncertain future if the Thetford site closes.
On March 16 Tulip announced its plan to close the site, which will end production of fresh pork and bacon in Thetford. However, the T&G said that attempts to discuss averting closure have been frustrated due to the company's reluctance to disclose information about their plans.
The union claims that workers have been dismayed by the withdrawal of long-standing redundancy arrangements, just as closure is threatened. It said these arrangements provided statutory redundancy plus one weeks' pay for every year of service, but now workers are left with just the statutory minimum.
Tulip hit back at the T&G claims and said that union representatives had not to date, tabled any alternative to its proposal to close the factory.
Peter Judge, managing director of Tulip's North East Division added: "Neither have they advised us of any plans to stage a protest at the site.
"Naturally I would be disappointed and a little surprised if the union chose to take such an approach whilst the outcome of the consultation process remains undetermined."
Judge continued: "We are involved in a confidential consultation process with representatives and as such do not feel its is appropriate to comment in detail about the progress of those talks."